How to Close a Thank-You Letter
When writing a thank-you letter, you may think it's the middle of the note — the part where you express gratitude in a personable and specific way — that’s the most challenging section to compose. That may be true, but the way you close your thank-you letter is important and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Thank-you letter greetings and closings may not seem critical, but they help form a well-written letter, so when it comes to thank-you letters, the formalities are also important. That's because letter readers have certain expectations of the style and tone of your letter. You should thus always include a polite closing, as well as an appropriate greeting, in a thank you note.
The close of your letter is a formal way to echo the appreciation you expressed throughout the body of the thank you note. It’s the part of the email that may leave a lasting impression.
How to End a Thank-You Letter
Whether it's a simple "Thank you" or a more formal "Thank you for your assistance in this matter," the closing statement in your thank you note should always be followed by a comma. Then, skip down a line and write out your name.
If you’re writing a letter that you’ll print out and mail, leave two spaces in between the complimentary closing and your typed name. This is where you will sign your name in ink.
Closing Options for Thank-You Letters
The following options will cover a variety of circumstances and are good ways to close a thank-you letter:
- With gratitude
- With sincere thanks
- Your help is greatly appreciated
- Many thanks
- Kind thanks
- Gratefully yours
- Thank you
- Thank you for your time
- Thank you for your consideration
- Thank you for your recommendation
- Thank you for your assistance in this matter
- Best regards
- Sincerely yours
- With thanks and appreciation
- With appreciation
How to Choose the Right Closing Phrase
Any of the options listed above are appropriate. Some are more formal, while others are softer and a bit warmer in tone. (It's subtle, but "Kind thanks" has a different impact than the more formal phrase, "Thank you for your assistance in this matter.")
The degree of formality you employ will depend upon your recipient. If they’re a friend or an acquaintance you know personally –- or even a job interviewer with whom you felt that you established a good rapport –- it’s fine to use the warmer tone.
If, however, you’re thanking a business associate or someone you have never met, the more formal, conservative phrases should be used. Read through your entire letter and try to think what tone you're conveying in order to help you select the right closing sentiment.
Writing a Thank-You Letter for a Job Interview
It’s important to send a letter of thanks to your interviewer as soon as you can after completing your job interview. There's much more to a successful thank-you letter than simply including an appropriate closing phrase. You need to have several sections where you can thank the interviewer appropriately and also add extra bits of information that may help keep you in the interviewer’s mind and give you a boost over the competition:
- Salutation: In the same way that it's inappropriate to close a business letter with "XOXO," you'll want to make sure that your opening greeting is not too casual or familiar. There are various salutations you can use, including the most common option, "Dear."
- Say thank you: This may seem obvious, but you'll want to open your thank-you letter with appreciation – if you’re writing a thank-you letter following a job interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for giving you the opportunity to interview, and for taking the time to chat about the nature and requirements of the position.
- Mention your interest: When composing follow-up thank you notes after job interviews, the opening paragraph of your letter is also a good opportunity to express and/or reconfirm your interest in the position. (Keep in mind that if interviewers are choosing between two candidates, enthusiasm could sway their decision.)
- Make a case for your candidacy: While courtesy is the biggest reason for your thank you note, the letter is also an opportunity to remind interviewers why you are a strong candidate. Use the body of the email to reiterate your relevant skills and experience. Callbacks to the conversation are helpful here. Ideally, your thank you note will feel specific to the position at hand, and not generic.
- Reiterate your thanks: Close your letter by thanking the recipient once again.